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Dog friendly days out in North Wales

Published on 29 Dec 2023 by Amy Greenwood

The UK is undeniably a dog loving nation; almost a third of UK households own a dog and we have an estimated 12 million pet pooches in total. With so much open space here in North Wales it’s no surprise that the area is a popular choice for families looking to include their beloved pets in their holiday plans and trying to find dog friendly days out.

Our wide open spaces are great places for dogs to enjoy and our wonderful coastal and countryside walks offer a variety of smells and terrain just waiting to be explored. Many pubs, cafes and attractions now welcome dogs, and the increasing availability of dog-friendly holiday cottages mean it’s easier than ever to enjoy a getaway with your canine companion.

Here at Dioni we love our four legged friends and we have a wide selection of cottages that welcome dogs – check out our dog friendly holiday cottages.

Dog friendly days out…

The Wales Coast Path offers miles of uninterrupted walking routes to enjoy, and the area’s beautiful beaches make the perfect doggy playgrounds, with plenty of space for throwing a ball and racing across the sand as well as fun to be had digging and swimming in the sea. There are usually some restrictions in place from April to September regarding the areas dogs are allowed, however from 1st October onwards dogs have unrestricted access to most beaches, visit in the winter months and you may even find that you and your dog have the beach all to yourself!

If you’re planning a full day out then your dog needn’t miss out on the fun as an increasing number of shops, cafes and pubs now welcome dogs, especially in coastal areas. There are also many visitor attraction which will allow dogs on site, here’s our pick of some of the best family friendly doggy days out;  

GreenWood Forest Park

The ideal family day out, GreenWood Forest Park offers rides, activities and adventures that will keep young children happy all day long! Dogs are welcome throughout the park as long as they’re kept on a short lead. 

Parc Glynllifon

This beautiful Grade I listed garden has over 8 miles of scenic paths to explore and is beautiful whatever the season. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway

The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway offers a glimpse into days gone by with historic trains which run along spectacular scenic routes all year round, and what’s more doggy dearest can come along for the ride! Tickets for dogs are priced between £2 and £3 depending on the service. 

Plas Newydd

This National Trust manor house on the banks of the Menai Strait has a ‘two paw print’ rating meaning most areas are accessible to dogs, there are water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly walking routes throughout the garden, grounds and woodland. 

Sygun Copper Mine

This underground adventure makes an ideal wet weather activity; explore the chambers and tunnels of this disused mine near Beddgelert with a self-guided audio tour – dogs welcome.

Bodnant Gardens

This renowned National Trust garden includes sweeping lawns, woodland walks, streams, water features and grand terraces. With a ‘one paw print’ rating dogs are welcomed throughout the winter months and on selected days during the rest of the year, see the National Trust website for details. 

Castell Harlech

Harlech Castle is one of Edward I’s most imposing fortresses, perched on a rocky outcrop dominating the picturesque town of Harlech. Dogs on leads are welcome on the ground level of the site and outside at Caffi Castell.

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